U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson calls on Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 25, 2017. Photo/PIB
The fact that Tillerson chose to focus on the bilateral relationship with India as the lynchpin to peace and prosperity across the Indo-Pacific region is highly significant. By recognizing India’s role in a larger strategy to promote “rule of law, freedom of navigation, universal values, and free trade,” Tillerson put forward what the Trump administration has struggled to build until now — a coherent view on the values that underpin its foreign policy.
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